The Social and Economic Change Laboratory (SE-Change) at UBC’s Okanagan campus focuses on the interdisciplinary study of social and economic change. We work with communities and publics, locally and globally, to share and co-create knowledge on the challenges that matter to them. Through exhibitions, performances, and conversations, the SE-Change Festival explores social and economic change in real places – what it looks like, its effects, and how it is shaped. The Festival brings together academics, artists, and members of publics, locally and from various parts of the world, in a forum where they can interact, express themselves, and inquire.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Festival!

Please note all activities and exhibits are free and open to the public.

Library Plaza Parkade, 1360 Ellis Street Kelowna, B.C.

460 Doyle Avenue Kelowna, B.C.

What’s On Throughout the Week

Monday July 18 – Friday July 22, 9a.m.-5p.m.

Access through Innovation Centre or Kelowna Downtown Library

En Tiempos De Crisis
by Arleene Correa Valencia

We Live, Where No One Cares to Look
by Lucas Joel Macauley

Of All the People in All the World
by Stan’s Café

Alive and Well – “Pioneer” Development in the 21st Century
by Roger Sugden

Interactive Mural
by Katya Torin

What’s On Requiring Registration

SATURDAY, July 16, 2022

HE(a)RD: Follow the Money | 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Mobile performance, central Kelowna

MONDAY, July 18, 2022

Festival Opening | 4:45-6:30 p.m.
Innovation Centre Atrium & Rooftop Refreshments

  • Crow Gulch, Douglas Walbourne-Gough
  • Growth Machine, Evan Berg
  • Branchroot Ensemble featuring Manny de Jesus, Nicholas Denton Protsack, Andrew Stauffer, and Darren Williams

TUESDAY, July 19, 2022

If Information is a Tsunami, Then What Becomes of Us? | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Innovation Centre Theatre
Martin Gurri

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2022

Sound & Social Justice | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Innovation Centre Theatre
Join Wanda Canton for Beats, Bars and Radical Listening

Urbanized | 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Innovation Centre Theatre
A film by Gary Hustwit, 2021

THURSDAY, July 21, 2022

Festival Wrap-up | 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Innovation Centre Atrium & Rooftop
Including conversations with Festival contributors:

  • En Tiempos De Crisis, Arleene Correa Valencia
  • Of All the People in All the World,  James Yarker
  • Alive and Well –  “Pioneer” Development in the 21st Century, Roger Sugden

FRIDAY, July 22, 2022

On the Way to School |  12:30-1:50 p.m.
Innovation Centre Theatre
A film by Pascal Plisson, 2013


Organizing the first SE-Change Festival would have been impossible without the help and support of others. We are extremely grateful to them all:

  • The Festival contributors for their patience and generosity – without them, there would be no festival
  • Andrew Stauffer for helping us to plan the Festival
  • Kelowna Downtown Library for partnering with us and opening their doors to the Festival, and Jill Klaponski for making that happen
  • Kim Buschert for helping us connect with documentaries from around the world
  • Neil Cadger and the students who work with him for sharing their time and expertise as Festival volunteers
  • Nick Sweeting who didn’t let an ocean of distance stop being a significant part of making the Festival happen.
  • Susan Belton for sharing her expertise and time to guide our installations
  • The Arts in the Atrium held at the Innovation Centre, for welcoming the Festival into its space; and Brittney Atkinson for making the collaboration possible